What is a CT Scan?
CT stands for Computerised Tomography and can also be called a ‘CAT’ scan. CT scans are produced using specialised x-ray equipment which rotates around the body to obtain images from different angles. Modern CT scanners can take multiple slices of the body in one single rotation and as such are now referred to as Multi-Slice CT scanners. The sophisticated computer within the CT scanner is then able to process this information to create a 3-Dimensional image of the body part or area that has been scanned to show a detailed cross-section, including bones, organs and blood vessels. The CT Scan does not replace plain X-rays, but gives additional information with greater detail.
What is a Contrast Injection?
The contrast agent (also called contrast media, contrast material, X-ray dye) is usually injected into a vein in the arm. This makes your organs, blood vessels, and tissues more visible, which helps us interpret these imaging studies. You might have some normal symptoms after the injection such as metallic taste in the mouth, sensation of heat, or a sensation in the bladder immediately after the injection. These will only last for a few seconds.
How long will it take?
A CT scan will take anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes depending on the part of body being scanned.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, please call your local practice to make an appointment.
How much does a CT scan cost?
At Pulse Medical Imaging we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver first class services within the health system using Bulk billing methodology. This means that your CT Scan will be bulk billed if you have your medicare card and a practitioners referral with you, and you will have no out of pocket expenses.
Can I use my referral anywhere?
If you have a referral to another imaging practice or organisation we can still assist you as we put you the patient first and accept all referrals. If in doubt please seek advice from your referring medical professional.
How do I prepare for my CT?
Most CT scans can be performed without any preparation. Some scans, especially those involving the X-ray dye will require you to fast for 2 hours prior to your appointment. It is fine for you to have water during this time unless you are instructed otherwise. If any other specific preparations are required you will be advised at the time of booking.